Amazon and the End of the Growth MachineCities once worshipped job creation at any cost. The crumbling of New York’s HQ2 deal suggests they’re finding a new religion.
Landmark Donald Trump’s BuildingsWe’re going to need some props to explain the 45th presidency to our grandchildren.
The Green New Deal’s Huge FlawIt completely ignores the most crucial environmental, economic, and racial-justice issue of all: where we live.
Microsoft Is Basically Starting a Bank for Affordable Housing in SeattleHow much good can that do? We’re about to find out.
Minneapolis Confronts Its History of Housing SegregationBy doing away with single-family zoning, the city takes on high rent, long commutes, and racism in real estate in one fell swoop.
Amazon Can’t Make Crystal City WorseIt’s a weird, semivacant failed experiment of a neighborhood (with a puppet store). No one will miss it.
There’s Nothing Ridiculous About Trains Replacing PlanesHigh-speed rail in California was a disaster. But there’s a better way.
How Big-Box Stores Bilk Local GovernmentsThey lower their property taxes through a surreal trick called “dark store theory.” States are finally fighting back.
Crowded Cities Short on Housing Are Looking to Turn Water Into LandHong Kong and Copenhagen are building artificial islands for new communities. But too many projects ignore environmental costs.
Tunnel VisionChicago tried to dig its way out of urban flooding decades before climate change made it a national crisis. Did the city, and its imitators, pick the wrong solution?
Do New Yorkers Even Want Amazon’s 25,000 Jobs?Even in prosperous times, the city is getting harder to live in—and it’s not clear how HQ2 will help.